Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Photo of Roger Aines, a geochemist who runs the Lab's Carbon Fuel Cycle Program, discusses a carbon capture technique using microcapsules during a panel discussion at Lawrence Livermore. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL

Lab, industry take charge of clean energy 

August 26, 2015

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory officials, including Physical and Life Sciences Directorate researchers, met with energy industry representatives to discuss ways in which the two entities can work more closely.

The event highlighted a public-private partnership to engage energy storage companies with LLNL's world-class research capabilities and facilities through the CalCharge consortium.

During a daylong open house, energy storage industry leaders and innovators as well as Lab officials explained how they will work together to drive research and development of clean energy technologies. New green technologies from Lawrence Livermore, Lawrence Berkeley and SLAC National Accelerator also were on display during a poster session.

CalCharge is an energy storage consortium that is accelerating innovation and commercialization of battery technology with emerging and established companies, academic and research institutions, government bodies and financing sources.

Lawrence Livermore research has opened a new window toward more efficient electrochemical energy storage systems. Illustration by Ryan Chen/LLNL

New research could lead to more efficient electrical energy storage 

March 3, 2015

Lawrence Livermore researchers have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored.

The research could lead to an improvement in the capacity and efficiency of electrical energy storage systems, such as batteries and supercapacitors, needed to meet the burgeoning demands of consumer, industrial and green technologies.

Modified graphene aerogels have high surface area and excellent conductivity, and are promising for high-power electrical energy storage applications. Cover image artwork by Ryan Chen.

Energy storage of the future 

October 17, 2014

Personal electronics such as cell phones and laptops could get a boost from some of the lightest materials in the world.

Lawrence Livermore researchers have turned to graphene aerogel for enhanced electrical energy storage that eventually could be used to smooth out power fluctuations in the energy grid.

A photo of a metallic case called a hohlraum which holds the fuel capsule for National Ignition Facility (NIF) experiments.

NIF experiments show initial gain in fusion fuel  

February 12, 2014

Ignition — the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of energy used to confine the fuel — has long been considered the "holy grail" of inertial confinement fusion science. A key step along the path to ignition is to have "fuel gains" greater than unity, where the energy generated through fusion reactions exceeds the amount of energy deposited into the fusion fuel.

Sarah Baker examines an enzyme that LLNL chemists  plan to use as a catalyst to convert methane to liquid fuel.

LLNL partnership with Calysta works to convert natural gas to liquid fuel 

January 15, 2014

In an effort to put to good use natural gas (methane) that might otherwise become pollution, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is collaborating with start-up company Calysta Energy on a new technology to convert natural gas to liquid fuel.